15,700 in Venezuela (2000). Population total all countries: 19,700.
Orinoco-Mavaca area. Eastern dialect: Parima mountains, east of Batau river; Western dialect: Padamo river basin, Ocamo, Manaviche, and upper Orinoco rivers, and south of Orinoco river Marania and Cauaburi rivers’ headwaters, large villages in Siapa river area south. Also in Brazil.
Eastern Yanomami (Parima), Western Yanomami (Padamo-Orinoco). Related to Yanomámi [wca] (Waiká) of Brazil. Cobari dialect is easily intelligible of the others.